What is the first image that comes to your mind when you think of a biker gang? Most of us think about a gang of rough men who are a nuisance, loud and perhaps even violent. Although many biker gangs look the part, there are a few that don’t necessarily fit into that stereotype. After all, you really can’t judge a book by its cover and when you hear stories about biker gangs helping veterans or bullied children, it really helps to break down barriers. This particular biker gang had a heart for animals.
Like any biker gang, they rode on huge bikes, were somewhat mean looking and had plenty of tattoos. This particular gang, however, Rescue Ink is a horse of a different color. They are a nonprofit that is determined to save animals that are being abused. Inside of the gang are men who may be full-time bikers, veterans, weightlifters, lawyers and former police officers. They really are a ragtag crew but they are out there for a specific purpose.
When they see that an animal is being abused or as they hear about animal abuse, they are quick to step in and do something about it. They also will stop dog fight rings by breaking them up directly. They are perhaps best known for helping dogs but they are not limited to canines. They have also helped fish, horses, pigs, chickens and in at least one case, a boa constrictor.
They do a little research to ensure that the animal is actually being abused. That is when they step in and take the animal for rehabilitation. There are times when they may go above and beyond the law and some people take issue with it. They may be doing it for the right reason, to help animals but you need to be cautious about vigilante justice as well.
They say: “Rescue Ink does whatever necessary within the means of the law — that’s what our lawyers tell us to say — to fight abuse and neglect of all kinds,” says their mission statement.
“Some people like to think of us as superheroes,” they say. “The truth is, we are super animal lovers (and protectors). Through the years, and through many caseloads, obstacles, and downright challenges, we remain strong and dedicated to our mission.”
They are also accomplishing their goals. Illegal dogfighting rings have been broken up and they even stopped somebody from killing a stray cat. That is only scratching the surface. Some of them have waded into sewage to save ducklings and others have saved even ‘normal’ animals that are under distress. They receive about 250 calls per day to help animals.
Yes, they look intimidating but they have a big heart when it comes to saving animals.
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